So I have had some time to think about whether or not I loved Spider-Man Homecoming or not and while I absolutely loved a lot about it, there were things about it I thought could have been done a lot different. Beyond this point there are spoilers. One of the more clever moments in the movie happens at the beginning when we see Peter creating a home video of his mission to Berlin to fight with the avengers in Civil War essentially making a movie inside a movie. I had a ton of fun watching these scenes mostly because it was clever but primarily because it captures the essence of the wonder of what it might be like to be a teen asked to help out the Avengers on a mission. Tom Holland does a great job as a hyper teenager with over exuberant need to be more than just a teen. After the mission Peter is told “we’ll call you if we need you” but instead of treating it like the brush off it is, he uses it as an excuse to hound Happy, Stark’s chauffeur, into letting him in on an Avenger’s mission. Stark does let Peter keep the suit
The movie takes place after the battle of New York. A construction team, headed up by Adrian Toomes( The Vulture) is recovering Chitauri weaponry from wreckage sites when Damage Control, Tony Stark’s clean up crew, takes over and steals the job from Adrian but not without retaining some of the technology that they keep to sell to other criminals.
Spidey finds out about this by thwarting a bank robbery that causes a lot of property damage when the technology malfunctions.
It becomes Peter Parker’s mission to thwart the weapons ring much to the chagrin of Tony Stark. Eventually, Peter’s desire to do something big creates a situation where he could be more of a harm which causes Tony to take back the Spidey suit saying ” if you’re nothing without the suit, you shouldn’t have it.”
The side plot is Peter’s adolescent crush with Liz who we later find out is part of the twist in the movie. I didn’t love the character of Liz Toomes. It would have been a great plot point but we have seen the “I can’t be happy because I’m Spidey plot line in previous movies and I wanted him to get the girl. There is another woman in the movie but to reveal her identity would ruin the surprise.
So what was the beef I talked about earlier in this post? Spidey kicked butt in Civil War. He was a force to be reckoned with,but for the majority of the movie Stark knocks Parker down a few pegs. It seemed a bit heavy handed and at times excessive. Especially since the movie’s hero spends much of the movie being made to look like a fool to propel a plot line about whether or not Parker will get back up when he gets knocked. That part of the movie seemed a bit contrived.
However, the rest of the movie was really fun. Keaton did a great job as a disgruntled blue color worker trying to stick it to the Man. Some of the scenes in the movie painted The Vulture as a truly terrifying villain.
Peter’s best friend in the movie, Ned, might be one of the best things about the movie. He’s the perfect blend of smart, dorky, voice of reason for Parker.
I enjoyed this movie very much but it changes one or two things in the Canon that I don’t think can be changed ( it has to do with Aunt May)
The music in the movie is good including an orchestral version of the original cartoon theme song in the beginning of the film. I can’t say this was the best Marvel movie of the bunch but it’s up at the top. Grade: B